This is an exercise I love sharing with my mentees (and people who ask me for advice), I hope you’ll find it beneficial, too.
Instead of thinking of future you as some abstract concept, take a few minutes to visualize your Future Self, very clearly. Project yourself 1, 2, 5 or 10 years from now and think about who you will be: how you’ll look, live and act based on the choices you make today, right now.
Now spend a few minutes and write it down. Describe your life in detail, write it in the present tense. “It’s 2030, I just finished building our family house in (xxxx). My family is moving in tomorrow, and the kids absolutely love the front porch with the rose garden.”
You can be as detailed as you want, and you can focus on a specific area of your life, career or business. The goal, however, is to have very specific things you’d like to achieve by a certain time because you can then use that to create a plan for achieving it by working backwards.
For example, you want to own a home in five years, or save $20,000, achieve a certain weight target, or maybe earn a certain amount of annual income from your business. What steps need to happen each year, for you to achieve that 10-year goal? And in each year, what needs to happen each month to achieve that annual goal, etc.
It’s a step that goes beyond simply stating goals because it allows you to see yourself and project the results of today’s work and choices into an actual person, lifestyle, or event 6 months or 10 years from now.
And then - now - your procrastination hack is, for example, to remind yourself how developing a daily exercise routine and good eating habits today will lead to that healthy lifestyle and body you want two years from now. Resolve that sending those twenty proposals or finishing that project right now will lead to a better outcome next year.
And trust me, your Future Self will be eternally grateful.